Characteristics of Development
The Development of Departments and Graduate Institutes Shows Foresight, Integration, and Creativeness.
Since 2004, the establishment of a doctoral program in Management Science was granted approval by the Ministry of Education (MOE). In addition, the number of graduate institutes offering master programs increased to 21, and undergraduate departments to 20. The establishment of new institutes and departments provides for current social needs and meets concern for the future. From planning to implementation all have developed within a specific framework. As examples, the Graduate Institute of Life-and-Death Studies, the Graduate Institute of Non-Profit Organization Management, the Graduate Institute Sociology of Education; the Department of Applied Art and Design, the Department of Natural Healing Sciences, and the Department of Ethnomusicology, were set up with such an ideal.Since there are many inter-department and cross-disciplinary studies open in the university, students are able to focus on one field of study or undergo an integrated training in several study areas. More important, dialogue between faculty in differing fields creates deeper understanding for students. This further facilitates the natural formation of team research.
For this, Nanhua uses a π-shaped educational model known as π-principle. The transversal axis represents general education while the two ordinates represent special education allied with professional training. The π-principle of education does not increase students’ economic burden as one tuition fee supports students’ expense for two specialized courses. This means the tuition fee covers all courses students are allowed to take. Upon graduation, the secondary specialization is added to students’ record. This illustrates the “facts” and the “achievement” of students in their permanent records from the university. The implementation of this principle will likely never fail our graduates in job pursuit after they graduate from the university. This will prepare them well in their career planning and give them a competitive edge.
Excellent Qualification of Teachers in the University
There are many self-reliant, high potential faculty on the campus who carry out active research. In the years from 1999 to 2001, the publications of the University have reached 94 books. There was a record number of 85 grants from the National Science Council and other research institutes in single projects and joint projects. There are currently many research teams in the field of management, environmental management, education and sociology, philosophy, religion and life-and-death. Faculty members devote fully to their research and eagerly spread learning to students with the hope this grooming will assist students in making significant advancement.
A Higher Education Institution Looking After Both Dream and Reality
A university erected in a religious faith is in possession of both idealism and sacrifice of religion. Besides, a spirit of working toward fulfillment goals is held. This is similar to the work of businessmen in implementing a task. Nanhua University weighs no idea of profits in running the University and will never stray from its goals through empty talk. Our faith is that “to take initiative in the establishing of the university, but to have a hands-on approach to the implementing of the work.” We expect to put the ideals into action at Nanhua to build a higher education possessing idealism and specialization.